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Treatment efficacy: health anxiety

Unfortunately, neither The NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination nor the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews databases have examined the efficacy of treatments for health anxiety.

However, a review of the clinical trials registered on the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register suggests that CBT approaches are effective. Two recent clinical trials (Bouman and Visser 1998; Visser and Bouman 2001) found that exposure plus response prevention and cognitive therapy were both equally as effective in treating hypochondriasis.

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